A novel most people had not heard of until the movie “Twilight” came out, “The Host” was written in 2007 by Stephanie Myer who also wrote the well-known Twilight saga. It was only when the Twilight movie came out her books became more popular. “The host” was one of them. In 2013, “The Host” was turned into a movie.
The movie is about a teenage girl, Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan) who finds herself in a perfect world. This utopian world has been invaded by aliens and everything is perfect. The opening scene has a voice over. He says this: “The Earth is at peace. There is no hunger. There is no violence. The environment is healed. Honesty, courtesy, kindness is practised by all. Our world has never been more perfect. Only it is no longer our world. We’ve been invaded by an alien race. They occupy the bodies of almost all human beings on the planet. The few humans who have survived are on the run.” This quote explains the whole plot of the movie.
Melanie Stryder is a human in the beginning who is on the run with her brother Jamie (Chandler Canterbury) and her boyfriend Jared Howe (Max Irons). When entering a house that belongs to the souls to get some food, Melanie and her brother encounter a number of souls including the main one, whose name is Seeker. Melanie is caught by them but Jamie remains undetected. Melanie decides she would rather die than be turned into one of them and jumps out of a window. Unfortunately, she survives and is turned into a host. Her neck is cut and a soul is entered into her. Her soul goes by the name “Wanderer”.
Although this movie is not great it is not unbearable. It had moments of poor dramatic tension and was also poorly scripted. The movie consisted mostly of dialogue which I believe wasn’t captivating. Much like the Twilight saga, it has a cliché love triangle.It is confusing. Wanderer has Melanie’s voice inside her head talking to her constantly. This is rare for people of their kind. It means that Melanie is a fighter. Melanie keeps telling Wanderer to keep her hands off Jared (her boyfriend when she was human). Wanderer does what she is told and falls for Ian. Melanie doesn’t like this as she still has feelings for Jared. Melanie complicates Ian and Wanderer’s relationship and makes it harder for them to be together. The internal dialogue gets very confusing and is a big part of the plot, which I didn’t like.
There is really no message to the story. Maybe it could be that even though they are surrounded by a perfect world invaded by well-meaning souls they stay positive and stick together. Maybe it’s the fact that they would rather die than become one of them to save their families. Or to show that even perfect is not perfect. Whatever the reason I couldn’t find a moral to the story.
There was only one scene that was very dramatic for me. When two of the human guys are caught on the road coming back from the grocery store. They were caught by a gang of Souls, including Seeker who has been on the lookout for Wanderer for quite a while, since Wanderer left to go visit her brother and Jared. The two guys who were caught could not kill them off, the Soul’s cars are bullet proof and there was no way to escape as the cars surrounded them. In another car – Jared watched on. The two guys decided they needed to sacrifice themselves; they drove their car into a brick wall and the car was damaged badly, crushed enough to kill the two men inside. This was probably the best scene for me as it had the most tension in the whole movie and the acting in this scene was half decent.
“The Host” was not the best movie; it was more made for young adults who are fans of the book. However even die-hard fans of the book weren’t happy about it. There are mixed emotions on this movie. According to Rotten Tomatoes, a movie review site- it was given an 8%% rating. The movie has poor acting and tension points, which is evident to anyone interested in acting. The director of the movie Andrew Niccol, has directed other movies that were more interesting with higher ratings, this was obviously not his best. If you are one of those people who cannot bear slow moving plots and boring love triangles don’t watch this movie.
IMDB RATING: 5.9/10
ROTTEN TOMATOES RATING: 8/100
MY RATING: 6.5/10